Lawyer files motion to exclude evidence in drunk driving crash that killed 2

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) – New information has emerged regarding a deadly DUI case that left two people dead and another man seriously injured in January of last year.

Jada Kelly, the woman charged with aggravated drink driving, has now asked the court to throw out any evidence of her intoxication.

“I will never get my sisters back,” Laura Key said. “But one thing I do know: I promised them I would fight for them, and that is what I am asking for.”

The family of Azure Higgins and Valerie Lynch are demanding justice for the sisters.

In January 2023, the couple was killed in a crash at I-55 Frontage and Canton Mart Roads.

A third person who was in the vehicle was seriously injured.

Investigators say Jada Kelly was driving drunk and crashed into her car.

She was later arrested and police say her blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

She is now out on bail.

“For the two lives that were lost in the act, they only gave him $75,000 bail, which I find absolutely ridiculous,” Key said. “You killed two people. Is that what their lives were worth?”

“I felt like a $75,000 bail was a slap in the face, a slap in the face of my family, because it wasn’t just one life that was disrupted, it was two,” said Datje Lynch.

Jada Kelly now faces three counts of aggravated DUI.

“He couldn’t even lift his head for the mugshot,” Key said. “I’m very angry and I don’t want this case to be dismissed.”

However, in June, Kelly’s attorney, Dennis Sweet III, filed a motion asking the court to “exclude any testimony or evidence that she was intoxicated at the time of the incident.”

“It wasn’t a mistake. It was actually a result of her actions,” Key said. “And the fact that she decided to take those actions and now they want to dismiss that information is absolutely ridiculous.”

“I don’t want them to go in there and see her as a young lady who has this whole life ahead of her and stuff like that,” Lynch said. “I need them to see, like my brother said, the facts. The fact is that she made a horrible decision. And that horrible decision had horrible, horrible consequences, you know, for my family.”

We have reached out to Kelly’s attorneys at Sweet and Associates for comment.

Sweet sent us this statement.

“We don’t want to say anything that will add to the suffering of that family. However, she has been criminally charged, when there is a trial date and a trial, we will be prepared to move forward with the trial.” – Dennis Sweet III, Sweet & Associates

Kelly’s trial is scheduled to begin in August.

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